LONDON–Jonathan Saunders was this year’s winner of the Vogue/British Fashion Council Designer Fashion Fund Award, which means he won £200,000 and very high level mentorship from the BFC. If there was a Fashion People’s Choice award, Saunders is the clear winner of that, too, based on the pastel, spring Jonathan Saunders outfits that a big chunk of the room was wearing at his show last evening.
Since I’m handing out awards, Saunders’ show wins “Highest Elevation” award, too, because it was held in a room 19 stories above London, with one wall made entirely of glass. Because of the glass wall, all the seating was on one side of the room, and it made one of the longest catwalks I’ve seen this week. The sleek glass and the setting sun were the perfect backdrop for Saunders’ collection.
Loosely based on equestrian looks, with a dash of the tennis club thrown in, the bottom line is that this collection is for ladies–no walk of shame outfits here. But that isn’t to say there’s anything boring, staid, or traditional about these clothes. Saunders takes a theme like “equestrian” and turns it thoroughly modern with his deft use of patterns, color, and texture.
In this case brown was the anchor, but it was color blocked in the most sophisticated possible way with poppy red, bright green, and sky blues. Take those colors and put them on dresses with flared skirts, and you now know what everyone will be wearing at London fashion week next come September.